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Vol. 96 No. 237
Thursday, August 25, 2005
50M Plus tax
to zoning change
Once again, residents of
Seminole Cove and Palm Vil-
lage Ranch showed up at
Tuesday night's meeting of
the Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of
Adjustment and Appeals to
protest a proposed multifami-
ly development in their neigh-
A zoning change petition
from VisionQuest, a female
juvenile detention facility in
the northern part of the coun-
ty, was tabled for more infor-
mation due to neighbor's
If you have children ages
3-17 who are interested in the
performing arts, you ixon't
want to miss the Aug 30
Open House for Indian River
Community College's Per-
forming Arts Academy
Beginning in September,
classes for children and teens
in theatre, music, and dance
instruction, as %ell as full-
scale performances are avail.
Officials watching storm
By Pete Gawda
There will be a voluntary
evacuation of RVs beginning at
noon today. Also at noon, the
gymnasium at Osceola Middle
School will open as a shelter. All
Okeechobee County schools will
be open today. A decision about
school on Friday will be made
today based on current and pre-
Those decisions were made
at a meeting of emergency man-
agement officials at 5 p.m. on
Wednesday. They are keeping a
close eye on the situation and
will meet again at 9 this morning
to assess the situation and take
Director Gene O'Neill did not
think that coastal evacuations
would affect us to the extent that
they did last year.
The National Weather Service
Office at Melbourne is now pre-
dicting 4 to 8 inches of rain over
the area. Earlier predictions had
called for up to 12 inches.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the
National Hurricane Center issued
a tropical storm warning and a
hurricane watch for Lake Okee-
chobee. A hurricane watch
means that hurricane conditions
are possible within the area. A
tropical storm warning means
that tropical storm conditions are
City Promoted: Commercial will air next month
not feel pain
CHICAGO A review of
medical evidence has found
that fetuses likely don't feel
pain until the final months of
pregnancy, a powerful chal-
lenge to abortion opponents
who hope that discussions
about letal pain will make
women think twice about
The Lady Brahman (1-0,
1-0) varsity volleyball team
opened their 2005 season
Tuesday evening with a 25-
14, 25-16 and 25-14 district
win over visiting Lincoln Park
Tierra Allen paced Okee-
chobee with five kills and
seven aces. Setter Shaunaye
Brown dished out 11 assists
and served up five aces.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
13:16 feet '
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
Comics . .. . .9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... 12
Obituaries ...... .3
Opinion ... . . .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports . . .8
TV . .. .13
Weather . . .2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
The City of Okeechobee will be featured in a 30-second commercial promoting the theme,
"Florida IS her cities". C.B. Lorch with Evolution Media is a cameraman subcontracted by
Ron Sachs Communications, the firm hired by the Florida League of Cities to put the com-
mercial together. Mr. Lorch filmed downtown Okeechobee on Wednesday. Lane Gamiotea
and Brian Whitehall were present during the filming. Okeechobee Police Officer Matt
Hurst and his wife Tiffany were actors in the spot. They depicted the local police as
"unsung heroes" in cities, who are helpful to the citizens. Officer Hurst is acting out driv-
.ing his squad car around the block while Mrs. Hurst locks up her business. They wave to
each other and she feels safe knowing the friendly police are looking out for her.
Okeechobee makes filn debut
By Audrey Blackwell
The City of Okeechobee will
be one of only 18 Florida cities
featured in a 30-second com-
mercial to promote the theme,
"Florida IS her cities."
The commercial is being
produced by the Florida League
of Cities and will be aired
statewide on cable television
starting in mid-September, said
Andre Carter with Ron Sachs
Communications, the company
putting together the promotion-
C. B. Lorch of Evolution
Media filmed downtown Okee-
chobee on Wednesday. He was
accompanied by City Clerk
Lane Gamiotea and City Admin-
istrator Brian Whitehall.
The filming consisted of a
skit involving Okeechobee
Police Officer Matt Hurst and his
wife Tiffany. They portrayed the
local police as "unsung heroes"
in cities, who are helpful to the
Officer Hurst acted out driv-
ing his squad car around the
block while Mrs. Hurst locked
up her business. They wave to
each other depicting the police
as friendly citizens who are
always around to look out for
Mrs. Gamiotea helped to
organize the filming. Mr. Lorch
selected a view of the down-
town area on South Park Street
and Fourth Avenue facing east.
He wanted to capture the city
signage on the lamp posts and
the American flag that flies near
Third Avenue and the activity
near the park.
According to Mrs. Gamiotea,
three things were highlighted
for Okeechobee: the city's serv-
ice featuring police service; the
interaction of law enforcement
with citizens; and, the essence
"This is really exciting for us.
We were pegged with 17 other
cities, and they are fairly large
cities," Mrs. Gamiotea said.
Some of the cities selected
included Titusville, Saint Augus-
tine, Miami Beach, Tampa,
Ocala and Wellington.
"It is a great opportunity and
will really benefit the city. It says
a lot for Okeechobee to be rec-
ognized in this manner," she
expected within the warning
area within the next 24 hours.
Tropical force winds are
expected to reach our area some-
time in the very early morning
hours of Friday morning.
The county commissioners
are in session today and Mr.
O'Neill is expected to update
them on the situation.
The Okeechobee County
Emergency Operations Center
will open at noon today for
rumor control. Telephones will
be manned by employees of Pro-
At 7 this morning, the state
emergency management center
is expected to be fully activated.
Wednesday evening's meet-
ing was all too reminiscent of the
frequent meetings that were held
around this time last year as the
EOC prepared for and dealt with
See Storm Page 2
By Audrey Blackwell
and Pete Gawda
The National Weather Ser-
vice (NWS) in Melbourne
issued an inland tropical storm
watch at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday
for Okeechobee County, which
will stay in effect until Friday
Dennis Decker, meteorolo-
gist with NWS, said Tropical
Storm Katrina is forecast to
reach hurricane intensity just
before making landfall around
6 a.m. Friday morning.
"It is showing hurricane
force winds well to the south of
Okeechobee County, more in
Broward C.' unty," he said.
The biggest concern, Mr.
Decker said, is that if the storm
stays on its current track there
will be a lot of rainfall.
"The center of the storm
could bring as much as 1 inch
of rain," he said, adding that
"further north could see as
much as 8 inches of rainfall."
Mr. Decker explained that, as
with the previous season, the
weather service always puts out
a rain forecast to show isolated
"It doesn't mean entire
areas," he said. It usually
depends on where the outer
. bands hit. Local flooding is pos-
"This is not what we expect
to occur, but what the potential
is," he said.
Missy Barletto of South Flori-
da Water Management District
(SFWMD) stated that Lake
Okeechobee is currently at 15.7
feet, which is 1 foot below what
it was after June's heavy rains.
However, she added, some
See Katrina Page 2
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers will face a short agenda at
In connection with the
Hurricane Housing Recovery
Program, commissioners will
consider developing requests
for proposals (RFP) for enti-
ties to operate the rental hous-
ing and affordable homes pro-
grams. They will also name a
committee to approve RPF
Highway projects are also
on the agenda. Commission-
ers are scheduled to identify
any enhancement projects to
be submitted to the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) for fiscal years
funds for FY 07/08 have been
committed to the Scott Driver
project. Enhancement funds
for 08/09 and 09/10 have been
allocated for the Lock 7 proj-
See Homes Page 2
State group helps
Hospice to rebuild
By D. Hamilton
Hospice of Okeechobee
welcomed Jana Sterling, finan-
cial administrator and grants
manager for Volunteer Florida
Foundation, on Wednesday,
Aug. 24, to say thank you for
her work in helping Hospice of
Okeechobee to rebuild after
last year's hurricanes
destroyed their volunteer build-
Governor Jeb Bush estab-
lished the Florida Hurricane
Relief Fund, which is managed
by Volunteer Florida Founda-
tion. The funds received by
Hospice of Okeechobee were
from a grant by the Volunteer
Florida Foundation. Corporate
funding for the grant was pro-
vided by Home Depot.
The funding in the amount
of $25,000 was awarded as a
result of hurricane damage and
the money was used to con-
struct the new blue volunteer
building. The building will be
used by Hospice of Okee-
chobee volunteers to organize
their yard sales. All proceeds of
the yard sales benefit patient
care in Okeechobee.
The building is scheduled to
be completed by the end of
September. There will be a rib-
bon cutting ceremony and the
public is invited.
. The Florida Hurricane Relief
Fund is designed to assist com-
munities in rebuilding and will
be used for needs unmet by
See Hospice -Page 2
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Special recognition was given to Jana Sterling from the Tallahassee office of Volunteer Flori-
da Foundation on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The foundation assisted in funding the new blue vol-
unteer building that is used to organize Hospice of Okeechobee yard sales. Those present
for the occasion included: Jana Sterling (far right standing), Hospice of Okeechobee CEO
Lisa Blackman (right, front row), nursing staff member Leslie Schmidt (center, front row) and
Community Outreach Coordinator Theresa Davis (right, front row). Also on hand for the cel-
ebration were other staff members and volunteers including: (not in any particular order)
Enid Boutrin, Gina Edwards, Nila McCormick, Freda Hirst, Florence Oake, Pat Bond, Joanne
Nowicki, Blanche Martin and Ann Parrish.
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held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE The USDA,
rural housing service, can now loan
up to $141,000 for housing mort-
gages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan,
call (863) 763-3345 to reserve your
seat for one of our homebuyer
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
to visit locally
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Representative Mark
Foley (R), 16th Congressional dis-
trict, will hold office hours on
Thursday, Aug. 25, in room 106 of
the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St., from 9
until 11 a.m.
She can also be reached by call-
ing (863) 763-6441 during those
GCSO, FDOT to
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO),
along with the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT), will be
conducting safety checkpoints
throughout Glades County on Sept.
The checkpoints are being held
in response to numerous com-
plaints of commercial motor vehi-
cles speeding through Glades
County with uncovered loads and
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
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By Pete Gawda
Once again, residents of Semi-
nole Cove and Palm Village
Ranch showed up at Tuesday
night's meeting of the Okee-
chobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and
Appeals to protest a proposed
multifamily development in their
A zoning change petition from
VisionQuest, a female juvenile
detention facility in the northern
part of the county, was tabled for
more information due to neigh-
However, five other issues
passed with no public comment.
Gary Michael Davis and Jack-
son C. Coker requested a change
in zoning from agriculture to resi-
dential general in order to con-
struct multifamily dwellings. The
property in question is a 77-acre
tract on the west side of S.W 16th
Avenue that is currently used as a
shell mine and a sod operation.
Although current regulations
allow for 18 units per acre in resi-
dential general, the owners volun-
tarily agreed to the terms of new
regulations, not yet in force,
which allow for only five units per
Attorney Tom Conely, repre-
,senting the owners, stated that
the agreement was offered in
"This is not patchwork," he
said. "It is infilling."
Whiddon asks motorists to please Continued From Page 1
slow down anytime they see a law areas are still saturated because of
enforcement officer conducting a the large amounts of rainfall in
traffic stop. The sheriff also said his June.
department will be staging these Mrs. Barletto said that 6 to 12
types of checkpoints on a more reg- inches of rain could fall over the
ular basis. lake, and north of the lake. That
amount of rainfall could raise the
- > lake level 1.5 to 2 feet and cause
street flooding on the south end of
-- The threat of flooding and
damage from high winds also has
0- local law enforcement personnel
-- Both Okeechobee City Chief of
-* Police Denny Davis and Major
-- Noel Stephen of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office said their
-* Q off-duty personnel will be placed
-- on stand by.
"Everyone will be on call, at
S-- least through Saturday," said Chief
n* a d a-' 0 0 Maj. Stephen said his depart-
S merit will be monitoring the situa-
S "All of our off-shifts will be on
He went on to say that the area
was prime for development
because of surrounding develop-
ments and the presence of sewer
and water lines. He added that the
area for development would be
limited because of the lakes left
by the mining operation.
Mr. Conely asserted that the
density some people fear from the
proposed development would
require multistory buildings that
are not allowed under the coun-
ty's height restrictions.
Sheryl Wells of Palm Village
Ranch said she was hesitant to
back the proposed project with-
out further information. She said
that Palm Village Ranch would
appreciate more information and
that they would prefer single fami-
"We are looking at the quality
of life," she said. "It is a quiet,
community. We have a great
quality of life."
She requested more informa-
tion from the developer as to the
type of housing units he planned
"We want to be good neigh-
bors and do not oppose develop-
ment," Mrs. Wells added.
Dan Simmons of Seminole
Cove also expressed his opposi-
tion to multifamily housing stat-
ing that it would be a disruption
to the retirement community of
Board member Joey Hoover
asked the reason for Mr. Sim-
mons' opposition, noting that at
standby, but we should have
enough people on the ground to
take care of the situation," he said.
As the storm passes to the
south it could produce as much as
8 inches of rain and, if it does, it
could have some serious flooding
in some areas. While the NSW
does not provide special forecast-
ing for Lake Okeechobee, the
rainfall could raise levels on the
"Most likely, it will have a signif-
icant impact on the lake," he said.
According to the NWS web
site, sustained tropical storm force
winds are expected to extend
from 70 to 90 miles north of the
storm. This may bring winds of 40
to 50 mph with higher gusts over
Okeechobee County late Thurs-
If the current forecast tract is
correct, the strongest winds
should occur around the rim of
Lake Okeechobee on Friday as the
storm passes to the south of the
As with any tropical system,
there is always a degree of uncer-
tainty on exactly where the storm
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five units per acre the density of
the proposed development
would be less than the density of
Mr. Simmons replied that he
feared multifamily housing would
mean apartments and he did not
want apartments. He stated that
apartments would bring traffic,
congestion and noise.
"Five units per acre is noth-
ing," stated board member Stan
Despite the objections, the
board unanimously voted to rec-
ommend that the county com-
missioners approve the request.
No public objection was
voiced to a second petition by the
same owners to rezone the
adjoining 202 acres on the west
side of S.W. 16th Avenue from
agriculture to residential single
family. The board voted to recom-
mend that the county commis-
sioners grant this second petition.
In an unrelated matter, Vision-
Quest National is seeking to
expand their property by purchas-
ing adjoining property and chang-
ing the zoning from agriculture to
Barbara Schardt, who owns
adjoining property, questioned
how this would affect her proper-
ty value and was concerned abut
ingress and egress from her prop-
erty. She was told that the zoning
petition had no bearing on ingress
Planning Director Bill Royce
said there was no evidence to sug-
NWS advises residents in all of
Okeechobee County to make
preparations for strong winds
associated with the storm.
The web site explained yester-
day that an inland tropic storm
watch means winds of 39 to 73
mph are expected due to a land
falling hurricane or tropical storm
in the next 24 to 36 hours. NWS
suggested people make plans to
protect their home and property.
As part of their preparation,
Mrs. Barletto said that area canals
are being pumped down. The,
flood control gates are open and
they are making every effort to
push water through the system to
make room for stormwater, she
Mrs. Barletto said SFWMD is
going through their standard oper-
ating procedures to prepare for
the storm by doing such things as
fueling up their trucks and con-
ducting communications checks.
They are gearing up for around-
the-clock recovery efforts.
Pulse releases are continuing
to the Caloosahatchee River and
the St. Lucie Canal.
Continued From Page 1
Enhancement funds must be
used for projects off the state
highway system such as signage,
landscaping and hiking or bicy-
Commissioners will also con-
sider priorities for inclusion in
,,* ^ FDOT's five-year work program.
Possible priorities include
widening S.R. 70 E. to four lanes
and construction of left turn
W -. lanes on S.R. 70 W. at S.W. 67th
Drive, on S.R. 441 N. at Dark
Sl Hammock Road, and on S.R. 441
* m *- S.E. and S.E. 38th Avenue.
In other action, the board is
authorize expenditures for
the 2005 Agri-Civic Center Fall
schedule November and
_ December board meetings; and,
appoint one member to the
*- Agri-Civic Center Advisory Com-
"- -- The afternoon will be devot-
ed to a budget workshop.
Continued From Page 1
other disaster, relief organiza-
* Hospice of Okeechobee also
expressed its appreciation to
S Volunteer Florida Foundation for
the funding of the building, Hos-
pice of Okeechobee volunteers,
S- staff members at the center and
individuals and local businesses
that have partnered with them to
_* help make the new volunteer
-- building possible.
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gest that the proposed transaction
would lower property values.
Another resident of the area,
Jeremiah Kesner, was also con-
cerned about how expanding the
detention facility would affect his
family and his property value. He
also questioned the security of the
Board member Td Kelchner
stated that the concern about
security was reasonable.
"It is one thing to move next to
a facility and another thing for the
facility to expand," said Mr. Kelch-
ner. "They have a legitimate con-
Board attorney John Cassels
stated that there was also the
issue or whether or not N.W.
431st Street, which goes through
the middle of the property, is a
Mr. Conley, who also repre-
sented VisionQuest, could not
answer questions as to the pro-
posed use of the property in ques-
The board tabled the petition
until next month's meeting pend-
ing a site plan review.
Mr. Conely said he would bring
an official of VisionQuest to the
next meeting to answer all the
board's questions about use of
the expanded facility.
Don Browning requested a
special exception to allow for the
sale and service of on-road and
off-road motorized vehicles in a
commercial zoning district at
4774 U.S. 441 N.
After concern was expressed
about adequate parking, the
board approved the request with
the condition that there is suffi-
cient paved parking for all vehi-
cles and the site meets all parking
The board voted to recom-
mend that the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Board of County Commission-
ers grant Jason Tomlinson's
request for a change in zoning
from agriculture to heavy com-
mercial. In connection with that
request, the board granted Mr.
Tomlinson a special exception to
allow for an outdoor storage facil-
ity in a heavy commercial zoning
district. The storage facility would
be limited to boats and RVs. The
property in question is located at
4573 U.S. 441 S.E.
The board recommended that
the county commissioners
approve George and Patricia
Brown's request for a change in
zoning from agriculture to neigh-
borhood commercial for their
2912 S.R. 710 property. They
expressed a desire to put in some
type of retail business on the
Except for VisonQuest's zon-
ing request, which was tabled,
the other zoning requests will
face a second pubic hearing
before the county commissioners
.on Sept. 8 at 9 am. in the commis-
sion meeting room. That meeting
room is located in the old Okee-
chobee County Courthouse locat-
ed at 304 N.W Second St.
Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of a.
few fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the coun-
cil. Governor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with terms
of two or four years. The council meets monthly to discuss pro-
grams and needs of the children in the community. Once a year,
agencies request funds through a grant process. Each council
member "adopts" an agency or two as their own and monitors the
programs' services that they provide to our children. Those inter-
ested in completing an application should contact Cathleen Blair,
executive director at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the
church. The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days
and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of his-
torical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a
picture of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber
of Commerce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial
History of Okeechobee" which sells for $4.
Continued From Page 1
the results of two direct hits from
Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances
and threats from other hurri-
Last year for several weeks,
during the seemly endless
onslaught of hurricanes, the
emergency operations center was
a hub of activity, being manned by
volunteers and often in service
around the clock with volunteers
sleeping on cots in the hallways.
The telephones were ringing con-
stantly with calls from near and
far requesting information.
The county experienced wide-
spread power outages for extend-
ed periods. Florida Power and
Light brought in out of state crews
to help restore power to the area.
A long-term shelter was set up
in the old K-Mart building and the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) set up an office in
the building next door. Eventually
FEMA brought travel trailers into
the area for those who had lost
Relief supplies were distrib-
uted from the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-civic Center. Between Sept.
6 and Sept. 10, volunteers distrib-
uted 25,522 gallons of water;
232,430 pounds of ice and 57,024
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Children's Performing Arts Academy open house Aug. 30
If you have children ages 3-17
who are interested in the per-
forming arts, you won't want to
miss the Aug. 30 Open House
for Indian River Community Col-
lege's Performing Arts Academy.
Beginning in September, classes
for children and teens in theatre,
music, and dance instruction, as
well as full-scale performances
are available. Shows to be pre-
sented this year will be the jun-
ior versions of Cinderella in the
fall, and Fiddler on the Roof in
the Spring. Interested parents
and students are invited to the
Performing Arts Academy Open
House on Tuesday, August 30
from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wynne
Black Box Theatre at .the IRCC
Main Campus at 3209 Virginia
Avenue in Fort Pierce.
The Performing Arts Acade-
my will include dance work-
shops; private and group music
lessons, both vocal and instru-
mental; visual arts, and the
Music Makers string players; the-
atre workshops for production,
and technical skill building,
Youth Musical Theatre, and
Treasure Coast Community
Youth 'Chorus and Community
The Dance Workshops will
.offer instruction in beginning
ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz.
Classes are available for stu-
dents in grades 1-4 and grades 5-
8 in basic skills, steps and termi-
nology and are taught by IRCC
A drawing studio will be
offered for young artists ages 10-
15. Materials are included in the
cost of the two-hour Tuesday
evening visual arts class.
Private music instruction will
be available in voice, piano,
strings, wind instruments and
percussion. Each student will
have an introductory interview
with-the instructor to determine
the appropriate method and
level of instruction. Group vocal
music lessons will establish the
basic fundamentals of vocal
technique through demonstra-
tion and performance.
Great opportunities for young
string players are available at the
Academy. Lessons for both ele-
mentary aged students who
want to learn their string instru-
ment, as well as more experi-
enced middle school aged stu-
dents with music reading ability
and one year of strings experi-
ence are offered. The Music
Makers is a group of young
string players who meet weekly
and prepare string literature for
performance. Students must
audition for the middle school
The Theatre Workshops are
open to students, ages 6-8 and 9-
15, with a focus on creative
ideas using voice and move-
ment. Students will learn how to
communicate ideas, concepts,
and feelings through dramatic
actions and explore acting
through their senses.
Auditions are required for the
tion Workshops and Youth Musi-
cal Theatre. The Production
Workshops are rehearsal based
and will culminate in a produc-
tion. Students, ages 9-15, partici-
pating in the Youth Musical The-
atre will share their talents and
experience the joy of perform-
ing. The students that are cast
will perform the junior versions
of Cinderella and Fiddler on the
Roof at the IRCC McAlpin. Fine
The Performing Arts Acade-
my is made possible through the
Community Endowed Teaching
Chair in Fine Arts awarded by
the IRCC Foundation to Dr. Dale
E. Rieth, IRCC Professor of
Music and Director of the Acade-
my. Working with Dr. Rieth will
be Jane Whitaker, IRCC's Musi-
cal Theatre Specialist who
serves as the liaison for the Per-
forming Arts Academy with the
St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin,
and Okeechobee county school
Information regarding regis-
tration and fees for the Perform-
ing Arts Academy will be provid-
ed at the August 30 Open House.
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arrested on felony or Driving
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charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the Okee-
chobee City Police Department.
the Florida Highway Patrol, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Garry John Rogers, 47, N.E.
First St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Aug. 19 by Officer Victoria
Williams on a felony charge of,
possession of cocaine, and mis-
demeanor charges of driving
while license suspended with
knowledge and possession of
marijuana less than 20 grams. His
bond was set at $5,750.
Woodrow Thomas Sorrell,
54, was arrested Aug. 20 by Offi-
cer Belen Reyna on a charge of
driving under the influence. He
was released on his own recogni-
Rickv Lenn Weaver Jr., 30,
N.E. 224th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 22 by DOC's
Michael White on a charge of vio-
lation of probation lewd and las-
civious act. He is being held with-
Daniel Wade Sills, 37, N.W.
102nd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy M.
Stripling on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with fail-
ure .to appear possession of a
controlled substance; failure to
appear possession of drug para-
phernalia (misdemeanor) and
failure to appear driving while
license suspended (misde-
meanor). He is being held with-
Christopher Charles Miller,
20, was arrested by Deputy Lieu-
tenant K. Murrish on Okeechobee
,County warrants charging him
with the felonies of violation of,
probation burglary of a con-
veyance; violation of probation,-
burglary of a conveyance; and,
.violation of probation fleeing to
elude a law enforcement officer.
He is being held without bond.
Gina R. Close, 36, S.E. 23rd
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 23 by OCPD Detective John
Zeigler on three separate counts
of obtaining or attempting to
obtain a prescription. Her bond
was set at $15,000.
Kathy Dailey, 46, S.E. 23rd
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 23 by Deputy Michael Hazel-
lief on a charge of retail grand
theft. She was released on her
Cory L. Shaw, 21, S.W. 28th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 23 by Deputy Randy Thomas
on Okeechobee County' warrants
charging him with violation of
probation possession of
cocaine (felony) and violation of
probation possession of drug
He is being held without bond.
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MR. FORTNER: I don't think anyone is attacking Mr. Fortner's char-
acter or his work ethics. By OUAs own admission, their rates are the
second highest out of the 19'facilities they surveyed last year, at a rate
of 50 percent higher than average. What have we gotten for this cost?
Poor maintenance, fines, no reserve for necessary expansion and
another rate increase. Let's acknowledge the need for change in the
OUA leadership and wish Mr. Fortner good luck in his next endeavor.
EGO TRIP: I am. calling in about the lady that called in about the
war. This war that we are in now is nothing more than an ego trip for
the president. He wants to try and out do his father. He doesn't have
anyone in this war so he doesn't care how many get killed.
RIGHT DECISION: This is in reference to the people that think Mr.
Fortner is a Christian and a good man; therefore, he should keep his
job. Being a Christian and a good man doesn't make you qualified to
handle a department such as the OUA. I think he has been in over his
head for a long time. And I think he made a right decision to resign.
SONG TITLE: The name of the song you are looking for is 'Rock-a-
Bye' but I don't remember the man's name, but I know the song.
PLEASE CALL AGAIN: I ran an ad in the paper for a five-piece bed-
room suite and a man called me about it and wants me to call him
back but he didn't leave his number. I hope he reads this and knows to
call me again.
CAN'T SEE IT: We are one of the parties that are soon to be out of
Taylor Creek Resort. We have had our trailer for sale but can't sell
because there is no one interested in moving it. So, like a lot of others, I
guess we will walk away and leave it.
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Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Flagler
Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the festivities
planned is the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbecue, arts
and crafts booths and food specialties. Please join Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Appli-
cations are available at the Chamber. For information, call (863)
LOAA raising funds for scholarships
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will be participat-
ing in the 2005 Labor Day Festival, Sept. 3-5, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. Prizes such as a guided fishing trip and a .22 mragnum Sav-
age rifle with hard case will be given away. There will also be
daily drawings, and new camouflage T-shirts will be for sale. Pro-
ceeds from the sales will be used to provide scholarships for
Okeechobee High School students, to support Grad Nile and to
fund other community projects and charities. For information,
call (863) 763-6069.
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools has K-3 openings at this time. For
information, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air
Patrol unit in Okeechobee. and senior members and cadets are
being recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are-eligi-
ble. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the
Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to
accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a'
cadel or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group
of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as
structure fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time
and talents to help local citizens in a lime of disaster, please con-
tact Andy or Candace atJ he American Red Cross Okeechobee
Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.
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Before tomatoes could be canned and ready for shipping they had to be washed and then scalded. This is a photo of
that procedure happening at Markham Brothers Cannery in 1946. This photo also appears on the web at www.tommy-
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Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social
Security Death Index and military information available. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)
Cowboys for Christ wilffrneet'at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.'
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open
for blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893. or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyter-
Jan Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at
,(863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of
someone that might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. ,
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For
information, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fen-
nell at (863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support
group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Any one who is caring for and ill
family member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by.
social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give
one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice, 411 S E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollile Morgrel at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour;
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes tle public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information,
call Fran al 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
Openings available for gun class
Joe Hazellief and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce,
55 S. Parrott Ave., will hold a gun safety class on Sept. 1, start-
ing at 7 p.m. Openings are still available. For information, call
Headstart now accepting applications
.The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on
.or before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may
apply at Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave: F6&-p`
appointments call Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677, or Antonia
Nunez at (863) 357-2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m.
Qualifying children may stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
Church celebrates open house month
September is open house month for the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Any one in the commu-
nity who is looking for a church home or who is interested in
knowing more about the United Methodist Church is invited to
attend worship services. Services are at 8 a.m. on Sunday, 9:30
a.m. for praise and 11 a.m. for traditional services. Fellowship
time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay.
Contest. The contest is open to public, private and parochial
schools and those who are home schooled and will start on the
first day of school. The essays have to be turned in by Dec. 1.
This year's subject for grades five through eight is "Benjamin
Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the
300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa
Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon:
Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine thought 12. American Essay Contest Certifi-
cates and Excellefice in History Medals 'ill be'iresented to the
contestants. The winner front each school will receive' a mone-
tary award. For information, call (863) 763T2492. !,, .l".
Festival applications available
Applications for Labor Day Festival are available at Chamber
of.Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call (863) 763-
First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at
the Okeechobee Branch in the month of August. If you are inter-
ested in becoming an instructor for CPR and first aid please stop
by the office at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
Labor Day rodeo tickets on sale
Tickets for the Cattlemen's Association Labor Day 'weekend
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park
Street. The price of a rodeo ticket is $14. The rodeo will be held
at the Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. 441 N. on Saturday, Sept. 3;
Sunday, Sept. 4; and Monday, Sept. 5. A parade will be held
Monday, Sept 5, at 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., is now accepting
float registrations. For information, call Perri L. Giafaglione at
Library group to discuss summer reads
The Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will meet
Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room, 206 S.W 16th
St. The group will discuss favorite summer reads and also
choose the books to be read for fall. For information, call Jan
Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Sorority to host Beginning Day Tea
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be holding a Beginning Day Tea
celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St., from 10 a.m. until noon. All mem-
bers are invited. For information, call (863) 467-1070.
MADD is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Aug. 27, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Andy
Hindman, executive director of MADD Florida. The topic will be
alcohol related crashes, at-risk drivers, underage drinking and
the celebrationof MADD's 25th anniversary. For information,
contact MADD victims' services line at 1 (800) 772-6233
Church hosting special speaker
Dr. Richard Freeman, representative of Chosen People Min-
istries, will be speaking at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209
U.S. 441 S.E., on Sunday, Aug. 28, during the 10:30 a.m. worship
service. Chosen People Ministries is on the forefront of Jewish
evangelism. The ministry began in 1894 when Rabbi Leopold
Cohn came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel.
History Center closes for summer
.The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be
closed until Aug. 31.. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7,
from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday,
'Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every
Wednesday and Friday. Please call ahead one day to reserve any
specific equipment you may need. For information during
working hours call (863) 763-6510: During hours the center is
closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 25,2005
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 25, 2005
Other Area News
CAFTA not the end of sugar industry
By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON With the pas-
sage of the Central American
Free Trade Act (CAFTA) by one
vote, U.S. Sugar is wondering
'how the American government
can turn their back on American
producers and those same ques-
tions are being directed at Flori-
da lawmakers who apparently
ignored Florida producers.
U.S. Sugar is one of those
Florida producers who will now
be looking at ways to remain
competitive in an opening
worldwide market. According to
U.S. Sugar Vice President Robert
Coker, U.S. Sugar will now lose
an additional 10,000 tons of
sugar production to the Central
American market, on top of the
thousands of tons already lost to
the North American Free Trade
Act (NAFTS) and the World
Trade Organization (WTO).
With other, free trade acts in
the works, U.S. Sugar, along
with the rest of the American
Agricultural market is asking the
federal government to act with
more caution and to not to uti-
lize words like, "National securi-
ty," when explaining these free
trade agreements to the Ameri-
Mr. Coker expressed some
hope that the narrow victory of
CAFTA is a sign that message is
occurring, but has to wonder
how long partisan politics will
continue to affect American pro-
State Representative Kathryn
Harris (R) has been a leading
proponent of CAFTA, often
repeating President Bush's argu-
ments that opening up the mar-
ket to Central America is an act
City to se
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
-BELLE GLADE After years
on the market, the Belle Glade
city-owned old National Guard
Armory building now seems a
few weeks away from being
Givans and Associates, a real
estate development, group, has
made an offer for the .purchase
of the site where the armory is
now located, with plans to con-
struct a hotel on the site. The city
and the company are currently
working on making the estimat-
ed $6.5 million project a reality.
Givans and Associates, the
Connecticut-based company, is
now in the final negotiating
stages with the city and, accord-
ing to city officials, it hopes to
have a groundbreaking ceremo-
ny followed closely by construc-
tion as early as October if all
agreements are signed by then.
The company contacted the
city Aug. 12 with a written offer
for the purchase of the armory
building on Main Street accord-
ing to Belle Glade City Manager
Houston Tate, the company's-
$450,000 offer for the purchase
bf the land, coupled with the
economic advantages that a new
hotel could potentially bring to
the area, has made the project
one of the city's most eagerly
Offers from various organiza-
tions for the purchase of the
armory building were previously
rejected over the years as the city
dealt with companies who either
did not have the money or. the
concept that the city sought in
selling its land. While city staff
and the commission wanted to
see theland sold, they also want-
ed to see the location used to.its
best degree, explained the city
manager. The hotel concept,
said Mr. Tate, contains what the
city has been searching for.
"There are other offers," said the
city manager, "this was the
In their current form, the
plans call for a hotel that can
accommodate the many drivers
that pass through the Glades
to ensure national security by
helping to stabilize the Central
American Region. U.S. Sugar
asks at what cost. Thus far the
cost has been 20 percent of U.S.
Sugar's overall production lost.
A long-time key ally to Florida
producers has been Representa-
tive Mark Foley (R-West Palm
Beach) who was quoted in the
New York Times as being ago-
nized over his decision in the
CAFTA vote. U.S. Sugar is, of
course, in Rep. Foley's district,
and is considered to be among
the country's top producers of
As a member of the House
Leadership Committee, Mr.
Foley is responsible for lining up
votes in these matters. Mr. Foley
ultimately voted for the bill, even
though he opposed the bill due
to the likelihood of allowing
higher sugar imports.
According to a New York
Times report, published July 29,
President Bush called Mr. Foley
on the night before the vote to
"plead" for his vote and "that
republican leaders had already
made it clear they would punish
the sugar industry in the next
farm bill if they managed to
defeat the trade pact."
Mr. Foley .called the ensuing
evening a, "difficult, gut-wrench-
ing night. If the administration
thinks that the sugar industry
brought about the demise of
this, there would have been hell
to pay in the farm bill," Mr. Foley
was quoted as saying in the
Times. "This was somewhat of a
survival of my constituents."
If political pressure is at the
heart of American policy, there is
legitimate concern in terms of
the upcoming free trade acts.
region on any given day. Rather
than use facilities located else-
where, drivers would now have
one more option in the Glades in
the new hotel.
Current plans call for a.hotel
featuring a slew of amenities,
explained Mr. Tate. The hotel
would have a swimming pool,
valet parking, a domed solar
system display, concierge suite,,
game room, gymnasium, pent-
house suites and other accom-
The Belle Glade Commission
has been presented with the
information on the sale and
plans are underway to finalize
an agreement. Once that agree-
ment is signed by all parties,
and the commission has an
opportunity to review it for a
final time, work on the project
should begin soon thereafter,
the city manager said.
"He [Andrew Givans of
Givans and Associates] has indi-
cated he's ready to present the
check," Mr. Tate told commis-
sioners.at the Aug. 16 city meet-
ing. "He is ready to move for-
Givans and Associates had
been looking at the area for
some time as a potential spot
for development, with the com-
pany taking a look, at, at least,
one more Glades city not long
The company had previously
tapped the city of South Bay for
land on U.S. 27. The company
planned to purchase 6.9 acres
in South Bay for the purpose of
building a Howard Johnson
Hotel. The.offer by the company
came just a few weeks before
Belle Glade city officials first
mentioned the possibility that
the company sought to locate
its hotel in Belle Glade.
Commissioner John Wilson
of South Bay had been working
with the company in attracting
it to the area. Commissioner
Wilson publicly expressed dis-
appointment with his commis-
sion when the board agreed to
continue to meet with the com-,
pany to review plans rather than
following his suggestion that
the city should accept the pro-
According to Mr. Coker, there
are as many as 20 free trade
agreements, in the works, with
the next agreement between the
U.S. and South Africa likely to be
the next one to hit the halls of
President Bush was quoted
as saying to Mr. Foley in the Wall
Street Journal, "Foley, I know
this is tough on you buddy," said
Mr. Foley as to the President's
remarks "I know you're a good
friend and, a good soldier. Just
help me out on this one."
Helping out the administra-
tion is what Mr. Foley ultimately
did, but for the sake of survival
for the sugar industry, according
to earlier remarks.
Mr. Foley insists that the 2007
Farm Bill will be the make or
break bill for U.S. Sugar produc-
ers and that while CAFTA will
not help, it will not be the ulti-
mate killer of the industry.
Mr. Foley was quoted in the
Palm Beach Post as saying,
"CAFTA is not the problem. If
(the protections are) taken away
in the 2007 Farm Bill, they will be
completely open to any all sugar
... that enters the market, and
that would be worse than
According to the Center for
Responsive Politics, Mr. Foley
received more than $56,000
from the sugar industry during
the 2004 election cycle. The
Jupiter-based Foley said he was
more worried about his future
ability to help preserve protec-
tions that limit foreign sugar
imports, but there are those in
the sugar industry who wonder
whether or not a slow death is
better than a quick death.
If CAFTA, NAFTA, and WTO
posal immediately after it was
v to hotel
The commission agreed with
the concept and urged staff to
work with Mr. Wilson and
Givans and Associates. A meet-
ing between all parties was
expected a few weeks after the
commission discussed it.
At the initial meeting in July,
Commissioner Wilson said that,
should South Bay not enter into
have already eliminated 20 per-
cent of U.S. Sugar's production,
how much will be cut through
future trade agreements that will
appear within the halls of Con-
Much of that may or may not
be decided through the 2007
Farm Bill, and while that bill may
produce a level of comfort to the
producers, it may not be enough
to help American workers.
U.S. Sugar will not elaborate
on any plans for further work-
force reduction, but is investing
a lot of money, "many millions,"
according to Mr. Coker, into
expansion and technology. The
term, "automation" has been
tossed around by some inside
sources, and that term raises'
concern to how it will impact
the local workforce population,
which has relied on U.S. Sugar
to support their families for gen-
erations. Automation is often
associated to the near death of
the U.S. automobile industry
after tens of thousands lost their
jobs beginning in the 1980s.
CAFTA will not hurt every-
one. According to Mr. Foley who
was quoted in the Sun-Sentinal
as saying, "Most of Florida bene-
fits from CAFTA; the port in Ft.
Lauderdale, the shippers in
Miami, the cargo planes, from
South Florida, and, in my dis-
trict, a trucking firm in Martin
County. My primary concern has
been the sugar industry. While
there are a lot of benefits from
CAFTA, there are some losers."
All seven Florida Democrats
voted against CAFTA while 16 of
the 17 Florida republicans voted
for CAFTA. The one exception
was Representative Connie
Mack, from Ft. Myers.
an agreement at once, there
existed a possibility that the
company would look to Belle
Glade for its location.
The Belle Glade commission
approved the motion Aug. 16 for
the sale of the land, subject to
the final agreement.
"We don't want to rush any-
thing," said Mayor Steve Wilson,
"but we ;want to make sure
we're not dragging our feet."
Kelley is Dean of
By Patty Brant
Special to the
LaBelle Middle School stu-
dents, staff and parents barely
had time to get acquainted with
goodbye. Ms. .
Kelley just '
took over at
LMS July 1,
but Sept. 30
will be her Lucinda
last day there. Kelley
education veteran has been
named the new Dean of
Hendry/Glades Services for Edi-
son College. Dr. Sally Berg, who
has served as Edison College
Hendry/Glades Services Director
for the past 11 years, will retire
on December 31. In the interven-
ing months, Ms. Kelley will have
the opportunity of training with
Dr. Berg before she takes the
EC has had a campus at
LaBelle High School grounds
since 1995. At that time, the
LaBelle campus had some 189
students. Now, some 400 full
time students are getting basic
college level courses at the cam-
Plans call for a new campus,
located on the Paul property in
what is now being called the
South LaBelle Community, with
the larger community wrapping
around the college. EC itself will
be part of an educational village
which will include the perma-
nent home of the Education Cen-
ter of Southwest Florida, Inc.,
vocational school and eventual-
ly, a high school. Once the new
facility is open, it should accom-
modate about 1,000 students.
An Arkansas native, Ms. Kel-
ley earned a bachelors degree in
English from Southeaster Col-
lege in Lakeland and her masters
in education leadership from
NOVA Southeastern University.
After moving to LaBelle in 1997,
she opened LaBelle Youth Devel-
opment -Academy. She has
served as assistant principal at
LHS; assistant principal at Cen-
tral elementary School in Clewis-
ton; and has been principal at
Clewiston High School for the
past five years.
Ms. Kelley says she sees the
new position at Edison College
as a chance to try to make a dif-
ference in a larger context. She
will be responsible for helping
build a new campus as well as
the educational program at a
time of unprecedented growth.
With that growth will come an
even greater demand for higher
education here, she says. In fact,
she herself will be working
toward her doctorate in the
The opportunity "just came
up," she commented, "I never
thought I'd leave the K-12 pro-
gram ... everything just fell into
place." She will start at EC on
Oct. 3. The school board will
interview later this month for the
LMS principal's position.
Ms. Kelly said she has much
confidence in the current admin-
istration, including Theresa
Baker and Kevin Lutkenhaus.
They are both "very committed"
to continuing LMS' success, she
commented. Already this year,
administration has changed the
class schedule to a straight
seven-period day (no alternating.
days as they were doing the past'
few years) and have allowed
more choices in the dress code.
So far, she said, students and par-
ents have responded well.
She is looking forward to her
new position, she said. Once
there, her immediate goals will
remain the same as always: pro-
vide the means for optimum stu-
dent achievement and provide a
safe, friendly environment.
Speaking from 11 years of
experience, Dr. Berg said the
duties of the position include
"everything from taking out the
trash to building the new cam-
pus" and also be responsible for
scheduling, recruiting students
and professors, testing, develop-
ing programs ... "Ms. Kelley has
the leadership and budgeting
-skills, -she just heeds to learn the
procedures," Dr. Berg added.
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*Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon uritil 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m ..
eBar bingo \ill be held on
Monday starting at I p.m., and on
Thursday e\ enings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
*.The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
stanrtinp at p.m : bring a covered
*The third Sunday of each
month we have a rib eye steak
dinner with the Sons of the Ameri-
can Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
*The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
*Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
eThere is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
oFriday night dinner is served
from .4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
*Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
eStarting in September,
euchre \\ill be on Monday and
\Vednesday from 6 p.m. Everyone
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
i*Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
tS631 357-2138. or Don South at
Eagles Aeries #4137,
*Tuesdays: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food \\ill be a% ailable for a dona-
*Wednesdays: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until" Food will be avail-
*First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
eFridays: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
eSaturdays and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
*First and third Sunday: break-
last irom 9 until 11 a.m. for $5
*Call the AERIE for other
e\ents,i (863 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R 70 East. For information, call
*Tuesdays: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
*Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
*Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
*Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Masonic Lodge #237
*The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet
at (863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner
at (863) 357-0427.
*The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128 *
*Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
*Meals served Wednesdays,
and Fridays from 5 until 7:15 p.m.
and on Saturdays from 6:30 until 8
p.m. Call the lodge to see what
they are serving.
eSaturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
oWednesday, Friday and Sat-
urday nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
*Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the lodge to see who is
eSunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until I 11 a.m.
*Aug. 27: W.O.T.M. is serving
a chicken and noodle dinner from
5 until 7:15 p.m. bring the family
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is locatedat 159 N.W. 36th
St.. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
eSunday: Aug. 28, Kid's bingo.
*Sunday: Sept. 4; Family day.
*Mondays: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
Will be served.
eFriday evenings: food, fun
eSaturdays: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.
eSept. 11: Fish fry and district
meeting at Okeechobee.
*Sept. 14: LOOM meeting.
eSept. 27: Business meeting.
eSept. 7: WOTM social and
dinner at Michael's
VFW Post #4423
The post is open from noon
until 9 p.m. Monday through Sun-
day. Events at this post are sea-
sonable you should call (863)
763-0818 for information or visit
the lodge 300 N.W.34th St. You
may write the post at P.O. Box
1137 Okeechobee Fla. 34972.
*Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
*Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
*Every Friday: bingo starts at I
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5
*Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
*Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and.
followed bykaraoke at 5p.m.
*Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
eThe theatre of performing
arts will present "Womenless
Wedding" on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
The wedding will start at 3 p.m.
All females in the wedding will be
played by men, The Hatfields and
McCoys. See your commander as
(Nellie Clampett) bridesmaid and
imagine Al Crank as (Lulu Jasper)
the flower girl. Food will be pre-
pared by chefs Morgan and
Ritchie. The all you can eat menu
will include hot dogs, chili dogs,
hamburgers, cheeseburgers and
baked beans for a donation. No
take out available on this day.
Food will be served from 12:30
until 3 p.m.
*Wednesday is a Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, men auxiliary or
AMVETS., There will also be
eEvery Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
*Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
*Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
VFW Post #10539
*The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at I p.m..
*Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
I 1 p.m. on Sunday.
*Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
*Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
eSaturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and,-
dancing at 7 p.m.
*Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
*Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
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dle hitter and Joleyne Skeen middle.
Lady Brahman down the Greyhounds
The Lady Brahman (1-0, 1-0)
varsity volleyball team opened
their 2005 season Tuesday
evening with a 25-14, 25-16 and
25-14 district win over visiting Lin-
coln Park Academy.
Tierra Allen paced Okee-
chobee with five killsand seven
aces. Setter. Shaunaye Brown
dished out 11 assists and served
up five aces.
The Brahmans were paced by
solid all-around play from the
entire team. Junior Katie Bryan
had two kills and three aces.
Sophorniotes Jess Klihgler and
Lauren Throop each knocked
down four kills.
Okeechobee is slated to host
John Carroll Thursday evening.
However, as of newspaper dead-
line it was not. known if the
approaching tropical system
would force the cancellation of
' It the matches are played, the'
freshman will begin their game at
5 p.m. The junior varsity will take
to the court at 6 p.m., followed by.
the varsity game at 7 p.m.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 19,
through Thursday, Aug. 25, are as
Theatre I "Wedding Crash-
ers" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "Dukes of Hazzard"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
* at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Must Love Dogs"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
.at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3:50.
For information, call (863) 763-
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting child-,
birth education classes at the Okee-
chobee County Health Depart-
ment. All pregnant women are
encouraged to attend the classes.
For information or to register for
this informative class, call the
Healthy Start office at (863) 462-
5877. Every baby deserves a
Head Start Project
Okeechobee I Center, located at
726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. We
believe all children can benefit
from receiving educational, health
and social services offered by the
program. We serve children 6
weeks to 5 years. To qualify the
family must have migrated in the
past 24 months, worked in agricul-
ture and their primary income
must come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children with
disabilities- to ipply. Fornforma-
tion, call (863) 467-0702 and ask for
Sylvia, Ella or Page.
El Centro de Okeechobee I
locaizado en 726 NE 16th Ave. esta
t'aceptando aplicacions para ninos
tde families migrants y ninos inca-
ipacidados. En nustro program
Inostros creemos que los ninos se
benefician en cuando reciven serv-
ices de education, salud y services
socials que nustro program
tofrece. Servimos ninos de 6
[semans a 5 anos. Para cualificar la
familiara deve de ver salido del con-
'dado 0 estado en los ulitimo 24
mess y trabajado en agriculture.
,,Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
lbajo de agriculture. Animamos que
las families con ninos incapacida-
,dos aplican. Para mas information
1por favor de llamar al (863)467-
0702 Y ablar con Sylvia 0 Zila.
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
,difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to a
civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
.spread the word? If you answered
,yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We are
looking for volunteers to work a
lew hours a month with commit-
SNeed help paying for quality
for mediation program
If you have time on your hands
and want to work within the court
,system try the mediation program.
The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
*mediation program is looking for
volunteers that would like to
become a mediator for the courts.
[All mediators are court appointed,
'trained and certified by the
,Supreme Court of Florida. If you
'would be interested in volunteering
,and want more information on the
'program, call Andrea Bemenderfer
kat (561) 871-5305.
for Hospice yard sale
[" Hospice of Okeechobee is seek-
Ping donations for their next yard
sale. Hospice welcomes all clean
useable items, and is currently
'seeking such items as baby clothes,
,furniture, small appliances, tools as
well as golf and fishing equipment.
tCall Hospice at (863) 467-2321 for
,pick-up, or deliver items to 411 S.E.
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NEED: Child Care lor my crl-.
ilren 9 iTiT,6 3yr oldi 4-bhirs
a ,lay on Mon 'Wed Fn. Need
Feleren,:e t 863.698 6690h
EARRING, Found in purse pur-
cihased al local consignmeril
FOUND: Earring on dyi.e De
tweenr LOl 7 & Taylor Creek
Utility Trailer, vic or L-Cross
on 8:21 i ingriuiul owner
please call 10 idenlily
BLACK SCHNAUZER, Little
'Buddy' & PIT MIA. Brown
"RoCv" Dearly mied. Please
BULLS 121 one black, one dark
Drown Appro, 1 yr old LasI
seen vn: ,:i Otter Creek Sonr
misses deadly 8631467-1578
LOST: man iadl bougni L
shaped computer deds,
please call regarding miss-
rig iiems .1863)467-1104
BABY GIRL CLOTHES, 0-6mo,
:hioes t. etc Cal lor details.
BLACK MIX- Female, 6 mo.
old, Great disposition, Very
friendly, To Good Home
FIRE WOOD, Wou load & haul
L uI i in small p c
FREE TO GOOD HOME- Mama
Ca3 and 1 killen
FREE TO GOOD HOME ON1LY'
Male allow w Lab, appro,. 2
vrs ol0 kids & lenced yard
KITTEN tleulered, slnos liI
er rained. very cule. Io
good loving riome
KITTENS 2 Males & 2 Fe-
males. Litter Trained Grey
and White. Free 10 good
SLIDING GLASS DOORS. 2.
Free you haul
USED CAR BED. Slruller. High
chair. More (8631675-421
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MONTH OF AUGUST'05
Furniture. Household. Elc.
Taylor Creek Lodge 441 SE
Follow the Signs
Your next job could be In
today's classilleds. Did
you look for it?
CORKY & MARY RISLEY are
looking lor David Mende:1 i
anyone knows how Io con-
tact call 18631675-0885
The Classified Center I,
WILL BE OPEN
8 AM 12 PM
September 5, 2005
in observance of
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
ALL ABOUT YOU
i CAREGIVERS INC.
i C,'epliflg appilrcai0ns
hir Nome healln aiile,.
home makers & Part Time
Registered Nurse for the
Please cjll 863i824-8733
lfR # 3021 .110:
131 200 IO)siarl fIlo
O-ee 10caion Fi. e':ume Ir
AUTO & BOAT UPKEEP
$400 Salary Per Week.
Avail. to House Sit.
Adventure Tours, Tim
CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Computer Literate,,must be
Cerihied Ternporary Ctriiii-
calon accepted Plea :e call
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
or apply at Town Slar
2398 W SR 70 Eagle Bay
COOK & DELIVERY PEOPLE
Apply in person arler 3 30 pm
@ Anioinene'sReslaur nri
3651 Hwy 441 ':ouln
Treasure Island Plaza
Clean CDL Cla.s B License
'Exciting opportunity that requires
homemaking and cooking skills.
. Benefits include health insurance and
vacation. Call 863-357-2442.
MuT_ Ie CDL a.: B & 2 ea eris MeUriing
exp.riin'e CIi:- A preferred but will train the
righl cadidate Competitie starting \w3g s wi
, .-.il h-nelvt-- pnck3age
Apply in person at.
'7 1 NE 5th Ave
J Okeechobee, FL
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health. Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
'Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
SouuhernrGdrdens ridi.mmediaie need
loin ri e nerinced electrician
Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent plus Trade
School or 4 years of related work experience. Familiar with
principles of motor controls, process control circuits, electri-
cal schematic reading and NEC. Troubleshooting high volt-
age, three phase wiring, process control circuits and PLC's
with minimal supervision.
Bonus, 401 K. Benelils, Health and Dental
insurance, and Overtime.
Contact: HR Dept. @ 863-902-4133, fax 863-902-4315, or"
Needed For Local Companv
$4,800 Guarantee Whilein.Trai ng
$20,000 Year Salary Plu .Co i" sion
Earn $50,000 to $70,000 Per Year
Special Bi-Lingual Position Also Available
Health Ins. & 401 K
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
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l Journeymen or experienced I
.Mechanic's. Only serious.
Itself motivated need apply.1
IMust have good drivingli
Record. Weekly travel I
required in FL. Paid travel.
time, overtime Per diem,#
DFWP Benefits, 401k, Pd'
ho0 & vac. ,
IWilson's Petroleum 1-
Needed Building Blocks
Academy FiT & P/T
positions avail., Greatpay,
working environment &
for Local RV Park.
For Hair Stylists and
Exp. pref but not necessary
PALMDALE OIL COMPANY
DRIVERS NEEDED:Class A &
Class B, Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
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Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
At Feed Mill
Experience on Semi
Tractor Trailers a
Syfrett Feed Company,
3079 NW 8th Street,
NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED
DOG GROOMER. Must have
ref. Also a Bather (will train)
Please call (863)467-7785.
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The most important
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is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
& Accounts Receivable
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accuracy a must. Quick Books &
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tion skills, able to trav-
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for aspiring musician. Please
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Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classifieds and make
your clean up a breeze!
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, .i',r
TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat
pump, 12 seer, brand new,
never been used. $1200
DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,,
Good 'condition. $45.
ENGRAVED GOLD LOCKET-,
1940 With clain, holds 2
BUILT IN OVEN- GE Profile,
CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
Size, Electric, New Paid
$325 asking $275
DRYER- Kenmore, Excellent-
shape, free delivery, only
$75. Call 863-675-8937.
FREEZER, KENMORE, Upright,
Good condition. $300 or
best offer. Call Ramses at
MAGIC BULLET As seen on
TV, Brand new, still in box,
side by side, ice on door,
7yrs old, $300 neg.
WASHER & DRYER- White
Westinghouse, 7 yrs old,
$200 or best offer.
WASHER (1) DRYER (2)-
.$200 takes all.
WASHING MACHINE Maytag
Neptune, needs some re-
pairs. Pd $1500 asking
WATER HEATER 50 gallon,
top of the line GE, 2yrs old,
like new condition. Pd $250
asking $175 (863)763-6041
TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
$2250. New never used, Call
MIAMI SUN- 3 Wheel bike,
Excellent shape. $150.
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
Shop here first
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STEPS, All aluminum w/rail-
ings, 4 steps & approx. 31,/ x
3 1/' platform top. $150
STORAGE BUILDING 4x8-
wood w/ alum siding. #88
@ Taylor Creek Resort $375
RAILROAD TRUSSES- (5)
asking $100 will.sell separ-
STEPS, Aluminum w/railing, 3
steps high. $60. neg.
CRIB 3 n 1, light beige $70
MASON SHOES- 2 pair, Fe-
male, Brand new, size 8 1/2
SB. $50. (863)357-0125
FLOWER POTS (5) McCoy.
$120 for all. (863)357-1042
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
DELL LATITUDE CP LAPTOP-
HP Pavilion, windows 98,
mouse, monitor, speakers,
printer, keyboard, $375.
PC WEB CAM- Can be used
with Window XP & .perfect
for AOL $10 (863)763-3963
PRINTER HP Disk Jet 612 C
& HP ScanJet 3300C $100
for both, will separate
COMMERCIAL KILN, Pouring
table & Mixer. $300 for all,
will sep. (863)467-8177
BED FRAME Wooden, twin
good condition $20
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500
BRASS BED (KING) with like
new Sterns & Foster mat-
tress set. Cost $5K, asking
BUNK BEDS with matching
desks, 2 solid wood, $300.
Call (863)673-0920 or
CHEST OF DRAWERS- small,
3 drawers, $30.
COMPUTER DESK wooden,
medium size, $50
COMPUTER DESK- real wood,
very good shape, $75.
COUCH, Broyhill, Sleeper,
Floral pastel $150 or best
DIN, Rm. Set, Glass (1 1/8"
Thick) 2 stone pillar pedestals,
6 cushion chairs w/cherry.
$1000 neg. 863-634-0387
DINING ROOM TABLE- 6 pad-
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion $600. (863)357-1175
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
DR SUITE- Ashley, Oak, round
table, no leaf, 4 chairs, $200
or best offer.
END TABLES- (2) solid wood,
w/ pull out dnnk/plate hold-
ers $180 or best offer
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, $200.
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
Wine Rack, 31x78, 4 shelves,
black metal & oak counter,
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
PARTY CART seats 4 peo-
ple, 1 dog & plenty of cool-
ers, 36v charger, $900
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PILATES EXERCISE BOARD
- great for strength training.
SPORTSCRAFT TX 350 -
WEIGHT BENCH Welder, in-
cludes 185 lbs of cement
weights & bar. In gd shape.
WESLO Treadmill folds for
HAMMOCK SWING- Brand
new, Never used. $55.
ADULT SCOOTER, 3 Wheel,
Space Saver, Runs great.
Good condition. $500.
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
RECLINER, LIFT CHAIR, Elec-
tric. Asking $150 or best
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels, very
good condition. $25.
BIRDFEEDER, $38 or best of-
CHRISTMAS TREE- 6 1/2',
Blue mini lights, balls & tree
skirt. $35. for all
COKE MACHINE, $200.
(863)228-0127 for more in-
FOOT BATH Clairol, electric,
good condition, clean. In-
structions included $20
FUEL TANK, 300 gallon, with
pump, $400 or best offer.
(863)675-6568 leave mes-
HAIR CLIPPERS Oster, elec-
tric, safety covers, 4 guards
& instructions. Good condi-
tion $15 (863)675-3614
NEXTEL i275 Camera
Phone only 3 months old
$80 or best offer
PLASTIC BUCKETS W/LIDS-
5 gallon, $25 for all, will sell
PRINTER DOCK Kodak, for
digital cam. Wrks w/ cx6000,
7000,dx6000, 7000, ls600,
700. $100 (863)697-2422
WATER COOLER- holds 2.5
or 5 gallons bottled water,
cold dispenser & cup holder.
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER- Ex-
cellent condition, with case.
asking $200. or best offer.
PIANO, WURLITZER 1966,
serial #931174, $375. Call
AFRICAN GREY CONGO
Hand fed $900
Hand Fed $650
BOXER- Female, Spayed, 8
mo. House dog. Needs
fenced area. Loves people.
BULLDOG Female, 16 mos
old, brindle. Red & black w/
white on nose. Beautiful &
sweet. $400 239-494-7042
DOG KENNEL- chain link,
6x6x10, with door, new dog
house, orig $325 asking
FISH TANKS (20) 21/, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
JACK RUSSEL, Female, Lost
of in vic. of Potter Rd. on Aug.
10th. Tri Colored. Reward!
POMERANIANS- 1-male lyr
old, 1-Female 2 yrs old,
Breeding pair. AKC, F-$600,
POODLE- mini female, lyr
old, to a good loving home,
$125 cash only
PUG- 5 mos old, male, shots,
RED NOSE PITBULL Female,
7 mos old, very friendly,
good with kids. $250
TANKS 55 gal. on aluminum
stand, 10 gal. on wrought
iron stand & 20 gal. $125 for
all will sep. (863)675-0247
YORKIE- Teacup, Female, 4
Ibs, 9 mo. old, Spayed. With
papers, Housebroken. $1500.
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $20 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6pm.
BROWNING BAR- Automatic
rifle 308, Wim w/2x7, wide
field scoop. $500.
FIREARMS LIBRARY 32
leather bound vol. (history,
gun smithing, ballistics) like
new $450 863-697-2033
REMINGTON 1100- Automatic
shot gun w/ 26" Remchoke
barrel & synthetic stock.
pump .22 cal Model 121,
RUGER MINI 14 .223 cal.,
like new, with extras,
RUGER REDLABLE- 12 gauge,
Over/under, sporting clay
30" ported barrels, Extra
choke $1200 863-763-8169
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202 / 261-4999
RIDING MOWER 28" cut,
Snapper, electric start. $450
RIDING MOWER, Poulan,
14.5 HP Briggs & Stratton,
42" cut, $550. Call
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
'05, Used once. 33" cut,
15hp engine. $1300. Call
Large & Small.
Call Alston Raulerson @
(863)763-2207 for more info.
WATER IRON FILTER (2) Pd.
$450 ea. new. Now $250 for
both, will sep.
HOT TUB- 4 person, fantastic
cond., located in Milbourne,
$400/neg. can have deliv-
ered. (863) 926-0296.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
AIR HOCKEY TABLE, Tourna-
ment size. Like new w/pucks
& handles, etc. Pd. $1100,
.now $550. (863)357-1572
GOLF CART charger, Lestron-
ic II, like new, $200.
GOLF CART Club Car, needs
repair, $150. Call
POOL TABLE- 7', Slate, New
felt, Valley coin-op, Ball return
(missing coin mechanism)
500 firm 989-621-7589
POOL TABLE World Leisure
Championship Tournament sz.
w/all accessories. Good con-
dition, $550 (863)357-1572.
ULTRA LIGHT KIT- fixed wing,
3/4 finished, $1600 or best
offer. (239)394-5888 or
HITACHI TV 50", big screen.
4yrs old, looks god, must
pick up. Moving, must sell!
HITACHI TV- 50", Big screen,
About 4yrs old. Looks good.
Must pick up. Moving Must
Sell. $550 863-467-9756
AIR COMPRESSOR- commer-
cial, $250 (239)694-5611.
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200
TOW BAR- $25.
HOOVER EMPOWER- Almost
new, Cost $140. Sell $70.
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the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
DVD's (85) & 20-40 VHS
$500 or best offer
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn I Garden 850
HORSE TRAILER, For 2 Hors-
es, Tandem axle, Extra tall,
Covered. $1000. or best of-
MARE & GELDING 10 & 14,
both broke. Nice horses.
$1800 for both
MINIATURE BLUE ROAN
STALLION, 28" High. Show
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)697-6713
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p Briggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best
OURACRAFT, 15 Ft., Alumi-
num w/2000 Johnson 25 hp.,
Eagle D/F, F/F, 2 seats, live
well. $2000 (904)370-0653
JON BOAT 12ft, V bottom,
w/ trailer $300
Jon Boat, 12' Custom made
heavy gauge alum., w/9.9
Go Devil, low hrs., $2500.
KAYAK- $40. (863)674-4715
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
OMEGA- 24' Cabin, Hull only,
Can be rigged for out board.
Tandem axle trailer, $200.
PONTOON BOAT '91, 24', 120
hp motor; full bimini w/storage
cover; new trir., needs a little
work. $4250 772-263-2555
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
238 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeecho-
bee. $975 mo. water & sewer
included. 863-467-9413 or
Call Collect to: 618-993-3505
Eagle Bay, 3/2, quiet street,
no pets, fenced yard, 1st,
last, sec. $1500 mo.
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, w/
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, 2BA, 907
SW 2nd Ave, Close to
Schools $900 mo. + 1st&
last sec dep (863)634-0512
1400 sq' A/C + carpeting
101 NW 5th St. next to The
Medicine Shop Call
863-634-9331 for details.
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
hospital. For information
OFFICE SPACE-i900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)763-4740
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEECHOBEE, 1 Bdm, 1 Ba
on the water, Furnished. Nice
Area. Great views. $500 mo.
Call toll free 866-966-7174.
ADULT PARK, Seminole Vil-
lage Lot 27, 2Br/2Ba, Move in
cond. Furnished. Boat dock.
CLEWISTON AREA-2 mobile
homes, (1) 1993 & (1)1987
for more information.
Furnished Mobile in Mobile
Home Park, 3BR, 1 1/2BA,
Fla. rm., storage room, new
a/c, very clean; asking
$15,500. Call (772)879-2879
MOBILE HOME FOR SALE,
1989 Single Wide, 2 BR, 2 BA,
Good cond. Must be moved.
PALM HARBOR Limited Edi-
tion, 3BR, 2BA, 1600 Sq Ft.
Excellent condition, Financ-
ing Available (863)763-7909
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES- FSBO
3/2 doublewide, family room,
2 car gar., double car port
30x13 screened porch, shed,
corner lot $159,900
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
BOAT, 16 Ft. w/115 hp motor.
$500 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
R IE AD ING YO G IE Y HER
12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 25, 2005
TRI HULL BASS BOAT- 16ft,
with 85HP Johnson, $1500
HYLINE TRLR, '92- 40', 2 tip-
outs, 10x30 Florida room
w/windows, $2495 must
MIDAS MINI '83- 24ft, Chev
350, dual AC, 4KW Onan
Jen, runs good $2495 cash
WILDERNESS, 32', like new,
a/c, heat, sleeps 6, storage,
$8000 or best offer.
BOAT MOTOR, Johnson 5 hp,
Brand new condition. Only
used.4 hrs. Pd. $1500, Ask-
ing. $800. (863)697-6109
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
YAMAHA 0/B ENGINE, 9.9,
Very low hours, runs excellent.
$600. 863-763-3153 Mon. -
Fri., 8am-5prm Call Pete.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
YAMAHA PW80- '95, Dirt Bike
runs good, $300.
EX 300 4 WHEELER- '98-
SUZUKIE 125 3 Wheeler w/re-
verse. $500. (863)634-3029
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK ESTATE WAGON '89
Good shape, reliable $1200
Call Epi (863)697-3257
CADILLAC STS '92- fully load-
ed, AC, CD, gold STS rims,
sunroof, runs great, asking
CHEVY CORSICA '94 4 door
sedan. Dependable ride. 68K
mi, auto trans. Some rust
FORD T-BIRD- 93, 6 cyl, Au-
to, Pwr windows/seats, Tilt
wheel, Cruise, Cold A/C,
FORD TEMPO 1992, Rebuilt
engine, 48K mls. 30+ mpg.
Good condition. $800.
GRAND PRIX SE '95 Leather
seats, all power, cold air,
CD, runs good $2500
HONDA ACCORD '89 runs
very good, good gas mile-
age, white, nds some body
work $850 (786)234-2566
MERC GRAND MARQUIS, '92-
V8, PW/PL/PS, new trans,
cold AC, new spare, $2500
NISSAN 300ZX'85 Cold a/c;
new stereo c/d, $2500 Call
OLD'S CUTLASS- '90, low
miles, 4 door, Runs great.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CIE-
RA WAGON, '89, runs good,
good shape, $800 neg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM 1995,
$4500. (863)763-4921 or
Iu i No -tice
PONT. BONNIVILLE, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, asking $1800
(863)675-2598 Iv msg.
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX- '91,
Runs great. A/C, Needs
PONTIAC SUNFIRE, '97,
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
SATURN SUPER COUPE '01,
Elec. Blue, Loaded, 30+ mpg.
Premium whls., Sporty & exc.
cond $7000 863-357-0060
TOYOTA TERCEL '91 needs
transmission. $250 or best
CHEVY PUMPER FIRE TRUCK
'47 w/hoses, lights & siren.
Has rust, but very restorable.
VOLKSWAGON 1978 Con-
vertible. Needs work. $500.
CHEVY SILVERADO 1987,
4x4, dual tanks, 8 cyl., No
bed. Needs TLC. Some new
parts. $1000 (863)467-4459
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs and
looks good $2500.
DIESEL ENGINE- 7.3 with
transmission and rear end.
MISC. PARTS off of '80's
Mustang, $2500 for all will
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, for
parts or repair, good trans,
tires, a/c blows cold, $450
TIRES (4) Mastercraft Courser
SE, NT. P265/75R16's. $40
for all. (863)674-1906
TIRES (4) Michelin, Good
shape. Off of Lincoln Town
Car: $40 for all.
TIRES/ALUM RIMS- 10" wide,
Cooper Cobra P265/15R15,
500 miles use, Fits Chev.
TONNEAU COVER- by ARE fits
Chevy S10 or smaller truck
Excellent condition $300.
TOOL BOX diamond plate for
full size truck & L shape 110
gal fuel tank, (2) 12v fuel
TOOL BOX, For Full Size Pick
Up. Diamond plated. $75.
$250 or' best offer.
DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd.,
FIBERGLASS TOPPER- 8'
Bed, Like new, Excellent
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
FORD F150 1995 w/topper.
Runs good.. CoJd air. $2500
FORD F150 '81 2 wheel
drive, auto, whole or for
parts, $500 (863)763-5067
FORD F150 '88 w/good 302
motor, good work truck.
$400 or .best offer
FORD F150 '93 manual,
needs engine $500
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great.'$1100 or best
FORD F250-'91,4X4, 4 60, 5
speed, Wrecked, parts or
whole. $1000 or best offer.
will sep (863)675-4697
FORD F350, '86, 6.9L Diesel,
dually, flatbed, $2500 or
best offer. (772)215-8202
FORD RANGER '88 w/
camper top, auto, runs good,
cold air, new tires. $950
FORD RANGER- '88, Runs
good, New motor, $500.
MITSUBUSHI- '86, 2 W/D, 4
cyl, Standard $850. or best
Find it faster Sell it sooner
In the classified
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, in compliance with the Consultants Com-
petitive Negotiations Act. FS 287-055, desires architectural services for the de-
sign and supervision of the following project
CONSTRUCTION OF A
PUBLIC SERVICES/HOMELAND SECURITY COMPLEX
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
FORT PIERCE MAIN CAMPUS
Firms desiring to provide Professional Services for the subject project shall submit
one (1) original and four (41 coies clearly indicating the project for which you
are submitting. Please submit the following information in the order listed:
1. Letter of Interest
2. GSA Forms 254 and 255
3. Consultant Questionnaire Form (Can be obtained by calling the IRCC Facilities
Planning Office at 772-462-7360 or by e-mailing your request to pi-
4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from owners with whom you have had
experience in the past three (3) years
5. Copy of firm's current Florida Professional Registration License
6. If your firm is a corporation, please provide a copy of your current Florida Cor-
Submittal documents will be accepted in the Indian River Community Colleae Fa-
cilities Planning Office Building '"S Room #233 3209 Virginia Avenue Fort
Pierce FL 34981-5596 no later than 12"00 Noon on Thursday Sentember 1
20S. Submittats received afterthat time/date will not be considered.
Scope of services include, but are not limited to the design and architectural super-
vision of a Public Services/Homeland Security Complex to include Classrooms,
Fire Science Technology Labs, Law Enforcement Labs, Social Services Tech-
nology Labs, Auditorium/Exhibtiton Facilities, Student Services Areas, Physical
Education Areas, Office Facilities, and Support Services Areas.
The subject facility will located at the IRCC Fort Pierce Main Campus, 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596 Please direct inquiries to the IRCC Fa-
cilities Plahning Office by calling 772-462-7360. Thank you for your interest in
our projects. 1
76257 ON 08/11,18,25/2005
JEEP CHEROKEE '95 Good
condition, runs great: door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses
OLDS BRAVADA '93 clean
vehicle, really good body,
needs motor $200
TANDEM AXLE TRLR- can
haul car or truck, 16x6, all
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
Get a quick response to any
item you may be selling
with a classified ad.
GMC VADUA, 1994 Captains
Chairs, cold a/c, C/D player,
body & motor good,
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
Representatives of Okeechoiee
County and International Union of
Operating Engineers #487 will
meet on Tuesday, August 30, 2005
at 1:00 p.m. at the County Annex,
Planning and Development confer-
ence room, 499 NW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida, for the pur-
pose of engaging in collective bar-
gaiinng negotiation pursuant to
chapter 447, Florida Statutes.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
79708 ON 08/25/2005
-Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 up to 2:00 p.m.
September 16, 2005 to- all materials and labor necessary for:
Okeechobee High School
2800 Highway 441 North
Yearling Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection with this project. This list shall accompany the contractor's bid. Fail-
ure to provide a list shall be grounds fro rejection of the bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett.
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and fumish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the es-
calated amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract
and a payment bond as required by Section 101.45 and 255.05, Ronda Stat-
utes, guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bid shall be
accompanied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3) (a), Rorida Stat-
utes, on Public Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Florida having a general bond holders rating of A+-excellent
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida Satisfactory to the Owner,
within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said
bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance
with School Board instructions.
All Bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: September 1,2005,10:00 a.m., prevailing
time at the office of Lee Dixon, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Ser-
vices, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 306, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially complet-
ed December 1,2005 and have the actual site work, including punch list items
and site clean up, totally completed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so
will result in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day
the date of actual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substan-
tial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated
damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled
date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all
bids and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30
days after the date opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, ED.D., Superintendent of Schools
79778 ON 08/25/2005
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
VFW presents 'Womenless Wedding'
The VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., will present the theatre of
performing arts "Womenless Wedding" on Labor Day, Sept. 5. The
wedding will start at 3 p.m. All females in the wedding will be played
by men. See your commander as Nellie Clampett, bridesmaid; and,
imagine Al Crank as Lulu Jasper, the flower girl. Food will be prepared
by chefs Morgan and Ritchie. The menu will be hot dogs, chili dogs,
hamburgers, cheeseburgers and baked beans. Eat all you want for a
donation. No take outs will be available on this day, Food will be
served from 12:30 until 3 p.m.
Food donations help Children's Ranch
Radio station Reach FM will hold a Labor Day food collection to
benefit Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E. Until Sept. 5,
non-perishable food items can be left at: Badcock & More; Costopou-
los and Helton, CPA; Morton Agricultural Construction; Nature's
Pantry; Okeechobee Land Company; Okeechobee Mortgage;
Pritchard and Associates and GMAC Real Estate; Rustic Ranch Furni-
ture; Sun Realty; and, Travel Easy RV. While you're there, register to
win one of Reach FM's Labor Day give-away prizes. The grand prize is
a trip to Orlando and includes theme park tickets. Many other prizes -
including a gift certificate to a local store, dinner for two, and more -
will also be given away. Check out www.reachfm.org for a full list of
details; or, call (863) 467-8080..
Cattlemen sponsoring parade
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association, Inc., is sponsoring a Labor
Day parade on Sept. 5. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The line up will
Airboat group to meet Sept. 8
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant, 301 W.
South Park S.. Agenda items include selection of an audit committee,
an update on the 2006 jamboree, additional charitable giving and
report on Labor Day. Visitors are welcome. Call the Andersons at (863)
763-6069 for information.
Governor's Job Fair is Sept. 8
The Governor's Job Fair will be held Sept. 8 from noon until 4 p.m.
at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The job fair is being pre-
sented by the Central Florida,Employment Council and Workforce
Central Florida. Admission and parking are free. The Governor's Job
Fair is expected to draw over 140 employers offering job openings in
all types of Central Florida industries. To pre-register, go online to
DFEC.org. For more information, call (407) 834-4022.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard sale Sept. 9 and 10 from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of
Okeechobee Volunteer House at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third
Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.
AARP driver safety course planned
An AARP driver's safety course will be held Sept. 10 and 17 at 307
N.W. Fifth St. from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. on
Sept. 10. Tuition for the class is $10 and must be paid by check. These
classes are four hours each day and total one eight-hour class. You do
not need to be a member of AARP to attend. This class is for seniors
,aged 50 and over. For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-
GPS training course offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will be holding GPS training Satur-
day Sept. 17, and will be starting a boating safety and seamanship pro-
gram on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn to get more out of your GPS equip-
ment and enhance your boating experience. The course is also a must
for anyone considering buying new GPS equipment for their boat. The
boating safety and seamanship program will teach you to outfit your
boat safely and be in compliance with the rules. You will learn the
boating rules of the road. Pickup tips on trailering and using your boat
safely and efficiently. The last program was packed with people from
12 to over 60 years in age. Seating is limited. Times for both programs
will be announced soon, but seating is limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for
information or to pre-register.
OFC advisory council to form
The Okeechobee Freshman Campus will hold their organization-
al School Advisory Council meeting Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in
the Freshman Campus auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. During
this meeting, membership and officers will be elected for the 2005-
06 school year. All parents are invited. For information, call Toni
Wiersma, principal, at (863) 462-5288.
Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide par-
ticipation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the
sale will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order
forms have been placed at different businesses so that the church
can fill the orders. For information, call (863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-
4654. Orders will be taken until the end of September.
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored
by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is sched-
uled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds
from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for community
projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods
and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center,
scholarships and donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor
applications are now being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608
Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or
St. Theresa's will host Sunday school
The St Theresa Catholic Church Buckhead Ridge Sunday School
(CCD) will begin Oct 2. Please call Ann at (863) 467-1516 or Fr. Dan
at the Parish Office (863) 946-0696, for information.
Church hosting Christian speaker
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W. Fourth St., will
host the best selling Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, who
will be delivering messages via satellite, on Oct. 7 from 7 until 9:30
p.m. and on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. To register for the
event, call the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171. Tickets for the
two day event are $25.
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of oper-
ation are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7
p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m. The pool is not open during school hours. For information,
contact the pool office at (863) 467-7667.
Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th
Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m. There will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors, live
music, kids activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a
cracker cowboy poet, pony rides, living history re-enactments and
more! Park admission is $4 per carload (up to eight people). Arts
and crafts vendors are needed. The participation fee is $10.70 for the
entire day. Contact Dorothy L. Harris at (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail
at email@example.com for information or to request a
vendor packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis
of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.